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Any Given Sunday
Play or be Played.
A star quarterback gets knocked out of the game and an unknown third stringer is called in to replace him. The unknown gives a stunning performance and forces the aging coach to reevaluate his game plans and life. A new co-owner/president adds to the pressure of winning. The new owner must prove her self in a male dominated world.
A big steaming pile of shit, but a crazy, ambitious one that I can't help but admire. For all its OTT editing techniques, some sequences are cut together perfectly. But for the most part, the film is too "grand" for its own good. On the acting front, Foxx and Pacino are great here, even if they're just yelling all their lines. And Diaz isn't bad, unlike what everyone says.
But that "eye" scene really bugged me (if you've seen the film, you know what I'm talking about). It just seemed so out of place and was a terrible attempt at humor. This film as a whole, like I said, is a mess, but it's such a bloated and energetic mess that I'll have to give it a pass. For now.
I neglected my wife today for a day of sport. Two Premiership Games back to back followed by a movie about American Football in the lead up to Super Bowl 50 tonight, means I'll be eating on my own this evening. Not to worry, I'll have beer and crisps.
Any Given Sunday offers a dilemma for me. I like sports movies in general and this is directed by Oliver Stone, another favourite of mine, but there are also some of my pet hates in this film. Inserted between the greats, Al Pacino and James Woods, are the criminally overrated Jamie Squirrel, Cameron Diaz, and that other talentless twat Elizabeth Berkley. Another of those cliched sports films where we have a…
I remember when I saw this film for the very first time ... I was in high school ... my sophomore year on the football team ... and it was a friday afternoon after school ended. The football team always stayed after school, and we would all hang out in the locker room and relax, just getting out minds off things to help us prepare for the night's game. Sometimes we would even watch football movies. Well, on this day, we watched "ANY GIVEN SUNDAY", and I can tell you right now ... my first impression/opinion of this film when I first saw it all the way back then ... it has not changed one single bit.
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Oliver Stone is a self-indulgent filmmaker. It's just what he does. As early as Platoon, he was indulging the viewer in the cruel and deceitful side of war, a tell all of his personal accounts and he was rewarded accolade after accolade for it. I believe after this, his ego was inflated to an unmeasurable degree. His films continued a mountainside climb of scope and rigid bias and coked up editing and unfiltered testosterone.
I don't believe a sport in movies has been as glorified as it is in Any Given Sunday. Stone strives to pound me into submission with a nonstop barrage of editing that turns character into parody and plot into a music video. He splices clips of…
keeps hammering at the idea that money/corporatization poisoned the purity of the sport, but not even Stone seems to believe that bullshit. his narrative is compromised by the demands of an audience-friendly underdog come-from-behind sports movie. but if you're like me you showed up for his crackpot associative indictment of masculinity, something he directly compares to a competition that's supposedly no longer meaningful. and as for football, Stone prefigures DJANGO UNCHAINED with Jamie Foxx's attacks on the sport as institutionalized, culturally valorized Mandingo fighting. making a satire out of a sprawling subject like this requires a pretty deft touch, one Stone doesn't really possess. thankfully he makes polemics instead.
Any Given Sunday aspires to be the NFL film par excellence, and it pretty much succeeds. An ensemble drama revolving around the ill-fated Miami Sharks, it’s stadium cinema, a positively gladiatorial experience that aims to give you an even more visceral experience than being there, or watching it on television, as Stone shoots everything with an overembodied, handheld frenzy that’s actually quite prescient of the way most football codes would come to be shot and televised over the next decade. For all the narrative machinations and ensemble charisma, great swathes of it depict the Sharks doing what they do best – at over two and a half hours, there’s almost an entire football game in here – building a propulsive…
I wasn't expecting much from this but surprisingly I enjoyed it.
It's got solid performances from an A-list cast, an interesting look inside the world of football, and Al Pacino screaming a lot.
I also found it a bit unusual that it's directed by Oliver Stone considering the fact that he's mostly know for doing political dramas. But he does a good job at sport dramas as well.
It's a bit overlong but the film moves at a smooth enough pace to keep it from getting too slow or boring.
If your a die hard football fan then you should definetly check this out.
Halvtöntig story och brunkig cinematografi, men fantastiskt skådespel signerat Al Pacino, men även Cameron Diaz levererar. Vad jag gillar i storyn är att det inte är någon urvattnad framgångssaga. Utan storyn kretsar kring ett infekterat lag i en infekterad sport och den berör tränares relation med både ledningen och laget. OCH vilket jävla tal, inte världsklass på innehållet men wow vilken leverans, Al Pacino!!!!
Oliver Stone's at it again, only this time with teams called the "Orlando Crushers" or the "Maine Androids." Luckily it's almost 3 hours long.
Bruising, shouty, cynical and all kinds of awesome. Any Given Sunday is fuelled by testosterone and does for cooperate run sport what Wall Street did for bankers, tears them a new one. Pacino is brilliant as the ageing coach, Fox demonstrates why he would go onto be a superstar and Cameron Diaz quietly steels the show as the ruthless, ball-busting, money orientated team owner.
As an homage to the sport of American Football, Any Given Sunday thrives thanks to its electric personalities and rip-roaring on the field play. But as a drama, Any Given Sunday slowly loses its appeal because at a runtime of 2 hours and 40 minutes, the changing rooms become trite, the personalities sour, the action explodes, the speeches cliché and our whole perspective on the NFL transforms into hostility towards a sport that has so many problems, and not enough to overcome them.
A made for TV movie with an incredible cast
"On any given Sunday you're gonna win or you're gonna lose. The point is, can you win or lose like a man?"- Tony D'Amato
Any Given Sunday is a Sports Drama directed by Oliver Stone. I'm a fan of some of Stone's other work, so I figured I'd give this one a shot. The real reason I watched it though was because it has Al Pacino. As expected, Pacino is great in his role as the veteran coach. He delivers his iconic speech wonderfully and that scene proved to be the highlight of the film. Jamie Foxx was also very good and everyone else does fine as well. One problem with the film is that it's just too damn long.…
Really good cast. But the movie is way too long. After 90 minutes it's getting lengthy. Jamie Foxx plays a great arrogant newcomer. Typical role for Al Pacino.
At this point I am no longer sure which Oliver Stone I prefer: the sober, solemn, politically-infused, truth-seeking, anti-establisment Oliver Stone, or the fun-loving, hyper-stylised, hard-cut, fast-editing, MTV Oliver Stone... I guess I will have to revisit "Natural born killers" to find out.
In any way, "Any given Sunday" is a strange film. It's wacky and all over the shop with its music video style and Cameron Diaz's performance as a cold-hearted bitchy manager is simply brutal. The film really stands on the combination of the chemistry between Pacino and Foxx and the ultra-kinetic (and very self-indulgent) football sequences. It's a very shallow movie, but it is also insanely watchable all at the same time. It's flawed and parts of it annoy me to no end, but I wouldn't have a problem watching it again this week.
Why? I don't know.
If anyone is equally as sad as I and knows of any i've missed, let me…